Parkview’s James Thompson to sign with South Carolina on Thursday

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Parkview Baptist's James Thompson, one of the state's top recruits, is set to sign with South Carolina on Thursday.
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Parkview Baptist's James Thompson, one of the state's top recruits, is set to sign with South Carolina on Thursday.

It would be fair to say that Parkview Baptist basketball standout James Thompson has Carolina — the University of South Carolina, to be exact — on his mind.

Parkview Baptist coach Don Green said the 6-foot-9, 215-pound post player, who graduated from PBS last week, is scheduled to sign with the Gamecocks during a private ceremony set for 3 p.m. Thursday.

Green said Thompson committed to South Carolina during a visit to the Columbia, campus last weekend.

“The distance (from Baton Rouge) was a big question,” Green said. “James and his father went over there for a visit, and they really liked it. They got some answers to questions they had, and now the distance isn’t as big a thing as it was before.

“South Carolina was probably the most consistent in terms of their recruitment of James, and I think that also played a role in his decision.”

Thompson averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots per game for a PBS team that advanced to the regional round of the Class 3A playoffs, losing 48-47 in overtime to eventual semifinalist Bossier. He was a three-time All-Metro selection and earned all-state honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association twice.

Thompson was listed as Louisiana’s No. 2 recruit for 2014 behind former St. Augustine player Craig Victor, who opted to play for Nevada’s Findlay College Prep as a senior and signed with Arizona during the NCAA’s signing period last fall.

Despite getting several offers, Thompson made it clear had no plans to sign early. The list of schools who also offered him scholarships reportedly included Kansas State, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Memphis.

“James is ready to go academically, and it looks like he’ll have the opportunity to contribute early,” Green said. “That’s a good situation to be in.”